We had the good fortune of connecting with LaTasha Marks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi LaTasha, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important impact behind my brand and success is my family. Looking in the faces of my family makes me push harder, be more determined, and persistent on getting the most out of my brand. They deserve the world and I am doing my best to give it to them.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Let me first start off with this is not easy! I’m not screaming and/or yelling but saying this first will inspire others to keep pushing and not letting no be the final answer. I own and operate Admired Graphics. I screen print any and everything that I can get my hands on. I also do graphic design. I design my own images, images for others, as well as logos for other small businesses that request my service. I do sublimation work by request. I also own and operate The Glitter Doctor-a local glitter wholesaler. We sell finished tumblers, blank tumblers, glitters and much more! Our glitters can be used for arts and crafts, scrapbooking, and cosmetics. Admired Graphics-what sets me apart from others is that I am always testing out new designs on my “focus group”! The younger generation, the professionals of social media, are the first ones to learn about new trends. So as long as I please my “focus group”, I am confident that I can appeal to the masses.
The Glitter Doctor-the set apart factor on this entity is constantly showcasing the quality of the products. Customers applaud and gravitate towards quality products with reasonable costs.
The secret to overcome the challenges I face running my businesses is simply my aforementioned backbone and my focus group. My focus group is more than willingly to let me know if I have a rock it or drop it design while my backbone is saying don’t give up.
I want the world to know that there is always space and room to grow your business. Use today as a learning day. Be critical about every decision that is made-whether good or bad- and learn from it. Remember that small businesses only start out that way. The same 24 hours God gives you is the same 24 hours God gives the big box stores. What you do with those 24 hours is what makes the difference. I also want the world to know that whether you need a finished product or raw materials to complete your product, Admired Graphics is the place to be.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite spots in the city and surrounding areas are the softball fields. I touch the fields (play) as often as I can. It is my Zen. My place of peace. My happy place. I would take my friend to one of my favorite restaurants (Outback Steakhouse in Desoto), my place of worship (Mount Hebron in Garland), then of course to the softball fields (any lol), and lastly introduce her to my friends here. I am not a night on the town kind of person but rather a group of friends hanging out at someone’s home and having a game night. I am very simple and easy to please.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mom Loretta, my husband Shane, my entire family actually, along with my best friend Synamon, and my cousin Patricia Davis are my backbone. My mom supported my idea without any judgement or even a second thought . She instilled in me that any and everything I put my mind to can be achieved. She told me to keep praying in silence, pushing in behind closed doors, and watch God work publicly! Her words were like a melody to my ears even when I wanted to give up on myself-just throw in the towel and say enough is enough. She would say, “Stop playing Patrice (my middle name) and get back to work.” My best friend’s encouragement came at me with a little more force and laughter (even though I knew she was serious). When I wanted to give up, her words were “don’t make me call your momma and tell on you!” I really hate her!
Last but definitely not least, my cousin Patricia Davis sat me down and MADE me learn and perfect my craft. She has been in the business longer than I have and slacking is never an option when it comes to her. I think she trained me to actually operate her business for her whenever she needed me to…don’t tell her I said that though! She loves me, love her craft, and loves motivating me to the max. I so love her!